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Why would any logical person choose to face severe medical complications of COVID if they could be avoided? Most of us have weighed the issues and decided to follow vaccine recommendations. But some flatly refuse. Why?

A couple of months ago, I happened to sit within peripheral view of a TV that was playing the newest season of “Master Chef,” the home cooking competition with Gordon Ramsay. I had never seen the show before, and, honestly, never really planned on watching it, but after 15 minutes I found my…

I am often asked by young couples with children a very adult question. If something should happen to the both of us, who will take care of our children? This is understandably a very serious issue and one that can keep parents up at night. Fortunately, there is a procedure to allow them to n…

A few weeks ago I drove by the place where I grew up in Colchester, Connecticut. There were five of us in that four-room house on Chestnut Hill Road. We had a kitchen, a living room, two bedrooms and one bathroom. The house was so small that we actually spent a lot of time outdoors. That was…

Remember the movie, “Network”? Howard Beale, the TV news anchor, encouraged viewers to go their windows and yell out, “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!” How many parents feel that way about school closings?

Saying that these past two years have been hard is an understatement. We all have our ways of coping: exercise, reading or binge-watching shows. For me, I found solace in music. I tried to tune out the disastrous world around me by making playlists on Spotify. I also took it upon myself to “…

The phrase “man’s best friend” came out of a U.S. Supreme Court case from 1870. George Vest, a talented attorney, had a defendant who deeply loved his coon hound. The dog’s name was Old Drum. Vest argued that when a neighbor killed Old Drum for trespassing, the neighbor took the life of more…

The current pandemic is deeply affecting many aspects of society. Accelerated usage of virtual healthcare is a good example. While frontline healthcare workers serve patients needing essential in-person care, some doctors and patients are meeting up over the phone or on video calls.

My late father, Gurdon Slosberg, graduated from Harvard in 1942 and in recalling, from time to time, his student years, he talked about another fellow in Dunster House, one of 12 undergraduate residential houses at Harvard, whom he described as “a little guy from New York who talked all the time.”

The new year brings opportunity for change, and many residents want to know what they can do to help others. Your local first responders are encouraging you to also focus on helping yourself by prioritizing safety when you make your New Year’s resolutions. By installing highly visible addres…

She opened her trunk. It was filled with bags of toys. We reached in, took them out, and carried them to the police cruisers that were lined up along the sidewalk. It was a miserable, rainy day, but that didn’t stop the people from coming out. By noon, we were already filling our fourth crui…

It’s not what we were hoping for at this time of year. The doom and gloom of omicron has many people feeling down. But casting your gaze upward might be just the right move. For a New Year’s Resolution, this might be a good time to channel your inner mountaineer.

As we get ready to say goodbye to 2021, I thought it would be fun to reminisce about some of our favorite books and movies from the past year. I polled the staff members here at Westerly Library and Wilcox Park, and they came through with a ton of great suggestions to add to your “to read” a…

My younger brother Pete Slosberg was in town from San Francisco for a few days recently, and being Pete, a co-founder of what was Pete’s Brewing Co. and creator of Pete’s Wicked Ale, among the early generation of heralded craft beers in this country, he sought out a fellow named Max Finnance…

There is nothing that says Christmas like the songs of the season. I went to the Chorus of Westerly’s Christmas Pops last week. It was great. I especially liked their rendition of “O, Holy Night.” That song touches the heart. It brings us right into the Christmas story and places us at the m…

During this Christmas season, who is more loved and revered than Santa Claus himself? Saint Nick in his striking red outfit with his white flowing beard is everywhere, at holiday strolls, in TV commercials and shopping malls.

Toys R Us was the place to go for gifts when my kids were young. Every year we’d go Christmas shopping there. They had the most popular toys. They had a great variety and the prices were right too. That’s why it was also my “go to” store when I needed props for a Sunday School program or gam…

We said goodbye to a beloved 17-year-old dog this week. She had rapidly lost quality of life. As sad as it was, few would have any qualms whatsoever with the vet’s provision of humane, painless and sensible euthanasia. But what’s going on with medical interventions at the great miracle of birth?

I’ve been really fascinated by sommeliers lately, and particularly the Master Sommeliers. If you’re unfamiliar, these are essentially wine professionals: people who are unbelievably knowledgeable about wine. Perhaps it’s because — at the time I write this — I’m about 37 months pregnant (slig…

Warning: the following column contains a good bit of ranting, grand-standing, and hollerin.’ If this is not what you desire on a Sunday morning, go watch a Hallmark movie, then come back later and read the comics.

I have no idea of how many of you saw Tony Bennett’s last performance on CBS a couple of weeks ago but it was marvelous. He sang with Lady Gaga as well as by himself, including his signature “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” What is so amazing is that along with being 95, Tony Bennett suff…

I always get sentimental around this time of year. As we approach the holidays I begin looking back at years past. I think of the people who have touched my life. I remember those who have gone ahead into God’s keeping. These past 20-plus months have been especially hard on so many of us. We…

These days, too many things are all wrong. But now and again, everything that’s right in the world comes together. We found such a place in a local neighborhood restaurant recently, where good food, good music and good company combined to make everybody happy. But was it healthy?

Since you never asked, let me tell you how I feel about this holiday season. Yes, I love looking at the decorations and lights on houses when I’m on my walks through the neighborhood, and I certainly love a day off from work, but I would not say that this is my favorite time of year. I would…

Winter holidays are a time for celebrations, decorations, sparkling trees and delicious feasts.  Unfortunately, many of these merry traditions also present fire hazards that can quickly turn a joyous time of year into a tragic one. Local residents want to know how to safely celebrate with fa…

I don’t understand football. Since I was in high school and would go each year to the Thanksgiving Day game with my Dad, I have not understood it. I know the ultimate object is to get that ball over the other team’s goal line, but it’s all those downs in between, those Hail Marys, those offs…

What I was going to do was crazy. Who drops in on someone out of the blue, especially when you haven’t seen them in over 50 years? The last time I saw him, he was in his early twenties. I was just a kid, nine or 10 years old. He was my mom’s younger brother. I loved uncle Bobby because he al…

Peter Drucker, the management theorist, who wore hearing aids later in life, famously remarked, “The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.” The hearing aid industry would be wise to listen in. For all the big noise about what can be heard when people with hearing …

Giving Tuesday, a global generosity movement that promotes giving back, is Nov. 30. Supporting Westerly Library & Wilcox Park is an excellent way to make an impact on Giving Tuesday. There are many ways you can participate.

Red-tailed hawks, Buteo jamaicensis, are one of the most common and widespread hawks of North America They get their genus name from the buteo genus of hawks which are known for their sturdy body and broad wings. Their species name comes from the island of Jamaica, where they were first stud…

On the heels of the fall sports season, it feels only right to acknowledge the spectacular season our Chariho High School fall athletes have had. All of our athletic teams either made the quarterfinals, semifinals, or the championship game. We have had five of our fall teams make it to their…

When rain falls on a field, woodland or backyard, it follows what scientists call the natural hydrologic cycle. First, rain is absorbed by the soils, then it becomes available to plants for uptake and growth. Some of it evaporates back into the air from the plant leaves, and the rest moves d…

Thanksgiving is fast approaching! In a matter of days, dining tables near and far will be groaning under the weight of platters of food as we kick off the holiday season with a traditional day of feasting, family and friends (and football). The last Thursday of November is a day most hold sa…

Thanksgiving is fast approaching! In a matter of days, dining tables near and far will be groaning under the weight of platters of food as we kick off the holiday season with a traditional day of feasting, family and friends (and football). The last Thursday of November is a day most hold sa…

In our free country, we all have the right to make our own decisions regarding the way we live our lives and handle our own affairs. We determine where we live, how we spend our money and with whom we associate. But as a result of illness, old age or incapacity, what may happen when you can …

I had popped into the kitchen to thank the guys for cooking the pasta and meatballs for our fundraiser for the Jonnycake Center. One of the guys caught me off guard when he said, “I didn’t know you were a firefighter. I saw you in your dress blues in a post on Facebook.” My eyes were immedia…

Waking in the morning, the last thing you want is a health shock before you begin the day. If you are like most people, feeling a lump for the first time at the Adam’s apple, the thyroid gland, you will immediately jump to one conclusion, “I have a cancer.” But is this the right conclusion?

The official start to the “holiday shopping” season is just around the corner. For some, this means it’s time for finger calisthenics, as they get ready to shop their way through all the internet has to offer. Others are scoping out the circulars for the best deals and preparing to wait in l…